Negative ions may sound like something unhealthy, but in fact, recent studies suggest breathing air rich in negative ions can have a very positive effect on a person, both physically and mentally.
There are numerous health benefits to inhaling negative ions. Once negative ions are inhaled and enter the bloodstream, they produce biochemical reactions that can increase the chemical serotonin, which helps manage stress and depression. Negative ions can also help increase the flow of oxygen to the brain which can eliminate drowsiness and increase alertness and mental clarity.
Negative ions are oxygen atoms charged with an extra electron. They are commonly found in natural places close to moving water and can also be felt in the air after a thunderstorm. You know that clean, fresh taste noticed near a beach or waterfall, or after a strong thunderstorm? These are all examples of negative ions saturating the air.
Negative ions can clear the air of pollutants like mold, pollen, pet dander, bacteria, dust and foul odors. They do this by attaching to positively charged particles, causing air pollutants to become too heavy to stay airborne. They then drop to the ground, which prevents them from becoming respiratory pathogens. This is why it is suggested that negative ionizers be used in your home and office.
One of the best ways to experience the positive health effects of negative ions is to spend more time in nature. Stepping outside after a thunderstorm blows through, walking along the beach or even going for a hike in the mountains are all ways of getting exposure to negative ions that can ultimately lead to good health and a positive attitude. If none of these things are possible, adding a Himalayan salt lamp to the home is another great way to shift the mood.